Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn - As a main character, this traditionalist values the Navajo way of life and works for the Navajo tribal police.
Ernesto Cata - This character is a twelve-year-old Zuni chosen to portray the Little Fire God at the annual Shalako festival.
George Bowlegs - This character is a young Navajo who wants to convert to the Zuni religion. Growing up in a difficult background, this character begins hunting at an early age to feed the family.
Shorty Bowlegs - This character is an alcoholic parent.
Cecil Bowlegs - This character is a young Navajo who is left alone after the death of a parent and a brother who disappears.
FBI Agent O'Malley - This white FBI agent is clean-cut, clean-shaven and extremely confident.
Ed Pasquaanti - This character is the Zuni Chief of Police.
Dr. Reynolds - This character is a well-known anthropologist who...
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